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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #100 on: December 17, 2010, 04:08:39 PM »
Pixote, great to see Daniel Day Lewis there and, even better, Robert Donat, both such moving performances.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #101 on: December 17, 2010, 04:27:41 PM »
# 10 —

Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson
The Hustler  (Robert Rossen, 1961)


# 9 —

Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson
Fargo  (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1996)


# 8 —

Ellen Burstyn as Sara Goldfarb
Requiem for a Dream  (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)


# 7 —

Sean Penn as Matthew Poncelet
Dead Man Walking  (Tim Robbins, 1995)


# 6 —

Meryl Streep as Sophie
Sophie's Choice  (Alan J. Pakula, 1982)


# 5 —

Peter Lorre as Hans Beckert
M  (Fritz Lang, 1931)


# 4 —

Alec Guinness as Col. Nicholson
The Bridge on the River Kwai  (David Lean, 1957)


# 3 —

Renée Falconetti as Jeanne d'Arc
The Passion of Joan of Arc  (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)


# 2 —

Katharine Hepburn as Mary Tyrone
Long Day's Journey Into Night  (Sidney Lumet, 1962)


# 1 —

Cary Grant as Walter Burns
His Girl Friday  (Howard Hawks, 1940)



Paul Newman could just as easily be up there for Somebody Up There Likes Me, Hud, Cool Hand Luke, or The Verdict; Ellen Burstyn for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore; Sean Penn for Milk; Katharine Hepburn for Bringing Up Baby or The Philadelphia Story; and Cary Grant for The Philadelphia Story, Suspicion, or North by Northwest.

I have a lot of qualms about by list overall. Too many of the performances are from films I love. I feel like a bad Heisman voter who only considers the best players on the best teams, even though the most deserving winner might really be on a team with a losing record. The distribution across decades seems (at a glance) more even than any list I've ever done, which is nice, with the 90s getting an unusual amount of love. There also seemed to real strong slant towards actors and directors from New York. Non-English language performances did just okay on my list, not great, but with all of Asia getting shut out, I think. Not sure how to explain that. Men make up about 60% of my list, which I'm okay with. The more interesting stat, perhaps — with my list and others — is how many of the performances were directed by women. Just one on my list, I think. I'm pretty sure the big winner among directors here are Sidney Lumet (and he could have had at least one more, if I'd gone with The Verdict for Newman instead The Hustler) and Ingmar Bergman. I'm also curious to see how much overlap there is between the directors mentioned here and those on my Top 50 Directors list.

By the way, I didn't intend to have a limit of one performance per actor; but when I was trying to cut my list down to just one hundred names, secondary performances by the same person were easy to cut without feeling too guilty. Then again, Sean Penn's performance in Milk is probably better than half that made my list, so now I'm feeling guilty again, thanks.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #102 on: December 17, 2010, 04:49:11 PM »
The distribution across decades seems (at a glance) more even than any list I've ever done, which is nice, with the 90s getting an unusual amount of love.

1920s      
6
1930s
8
1940s
11
1950s
13
1960s
17
1970s
14
1980s
3
1990s
18
2000s
10

Haha, take that, eighties!

Those numbers include four performances each from the years 1939, 1993, 1994, and 1996. Weird.

I'm pretty sure the big winner among directors here are Sidney Lumet (and he could have had at least one more, if I'd gone with The Verdict for Newman instead The Hustler) and Ingmar Bergman.

Yep, four performances directed by Lumet and three by Bergman — but also three by F.W. Murnau. Didn't realize that. Others with two: Wilder, Fellini, Godard, Kieslowski, Forman, Preston Sturges, Lean, Mamoulian, and Wellman.

Hawks, the Coens, Cimino, and Donen/Kelly each had two performances listed from the same film.

Non-English language performances did just okay on my list, not great, but with all of Asia getting shut out, I think. Not sure how to explain that.

Oops, forgot about Tony Leung.

Canada
1
France
11
Germany
4
Hong Kong
1
Italy
5
New Zealand      
1
Romania
1
Sweden
3
UK
9
US
64

USA! USA! USA!

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #103 on: December 17, 2010, 05:26:07 PM »
# 40 —

Daniel Day-Lewis as Gerry Conlon
In the Name of the Father  (Jim Sheridan, 1993)

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #104 on: December 17, 2010, 08:19:25 PM »
I have a lot of qualms about by list overall. Too many of the performances are from films I love. I feel like a bad Heisman voter who only considers the best players on the best teams, even though the most deserving winner might really be on a team with a losing record.

Hah, well said. I feel the same way about my own list.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #105 on: December 17, 2010, 11:59:45 PM »
I have a lot of qualms about by list overall. Too many of the performances are from films I love. I feel like a bad Heisman voter who only considers the best players on the best teams, even though the most deserving winner might really be on a team with a losing record.

Hah, well said. I feel the same way about my own list.
It is a difficult thing to get around. Partly it is related to trying to remember the great performances from all those you have seen. Naturally the ones that float to the top are those connected to better films.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #106 on: December 18, 2010, 12:14:36 PM »
I only had about one hour to put this together and about 5 minutes to rank everything :-[. Am sure I'll regret preserving it here for posterity!


100. Gong Li in Miami Vice (Michael Mann, 2006)


99. Emma Thompson in The Remains of the Day (James Ivory, 1993)


98. Alec Guiness in The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957)


97. Takeshi Kaneshiro in Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai, 1994)


96. Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, 1998)


95. John Cusack in High Fidelity (Stephen Frears, 2000)


94. Shirley Maclaine in The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)


93. Emanuelle Devos in Kings and Queen (Arnaud Desplechin, 2004)


92. Elliot Gould in The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973)


91. Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)


90. Issei Ogata in Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000)


89. Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)


88. Mathieu Amalric in Kings and Queen (Arnaud Desplechin, 2004)


87. Jeremy Renier in The Infant (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2005)


86. Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967)


85. Zhao Tao in The World (Jia Zhang Ke, 2004)


84. Jeff Goldblum in The Fly (David Cronenberg, 1986)


83. Danielle Darrieux in The Earrings of Madame De...(Max Ophüls, 1953)


82. Uma Thurman in Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino, 2003)


81. Nastassja Kinski in Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984)


80. Ziyi Zhang in 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai, 2004)


79. Donald O'Connor in Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)


78. Reese Witherspoon in Election (Alexander Payne, 1999)


77. Jason Schwartzman in Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998)


76. Soumitra Chatterjee in The World of Apu (Satyajit Ray, 1959)


75. Jane Wyman in All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955)


74. Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)


73. Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)


72. Adrienne Shelly in Trust (Hal Hartley, 1990)


71. Faye Wong in Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai, 1994)


70. Anton Walbrook in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1943)


69. Joseph Cotten in The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)


68. Frances McDormand in Fargo (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1996)


67. John Cameron Mitchell in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell, 2001)


66. Al Pacino in Godfather II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)


65. Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman, 1975)


64. James Cagney in White Heat (Raoul Walsh, 1949)


63. Guillaume Depardieu in Pola X (Leos Carax, 1999)


62. Sharmila Tagore in Devi (Satyajit Ray, 1960)


61. Edward G Robinson in Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang, 1945)


60. Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)


59. Steve Buscemi in Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, 2001)


58. Leslie Cheung in Farewell My Concubine (Kaige Chen, 1993)


57. Janet Gaynor in Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927)


56. Brigitte Mira in Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder,  1974)


55. Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945)


54. William H. Macy in Fargo (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1996)


53. James Stewart in Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)


52. F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus (Milos Forman, 1984)


51. Marcello Mastroianni in La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini, 1960)


50. Shu Qi in Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-Hsien,  2001)


49. Richard Widmark in Night and the City (Jules Dassin, 1950)


48. Bette Davis in All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)


47. Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)


46. Wu Nien-Jen in Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000)


45. Chishu Ryu in Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)


44. Hongwei Wang in Pickpocket (Jia Zhang Ke, 1997)


43. Penelope Cruz in Volver (Pedro Almodovar, 2006)


42. Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)


41. Henry Fonda in The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford, 1940)


40. Klaus Kinski in Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982)


39. Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954)


38. Liza Minnelli in Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972)


37. Emanuelle Riva in Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)


36. Dustin Hoffman in Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah, 1971)
 

35. Isabelle Adjani in Possession (Andrzej Zulawski,  1981)


34. Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)


33. Irene Jacob in Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994)


32. Anna Karina in A Woman Is A Woman (Jean-Luc Godard, 1961)


31. Gene Kelly in Singin' In the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)


30. Orson Welles in Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)


29. Emilie Dequenne in Rosetta (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 1999)


28. Anthony Perkins in Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock,  1960)


27. Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)


26. Harry Dean Stanton in Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984)


25. Samantha Morton in Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsay, 2002)


24. Olivier Gourmet in The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 2002)


23. Denis Lavant in Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999)


22. Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965)


21. Monica Vitti in L'eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962)


20. Toshiro Mifune in Seven Samurai (1Akira Kurosawa, 1954)  


19. Emily Watson in Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier,  1996)


18. Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)


17. Isabelle Huppert in The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke, 2001)


16. Guiletta Masina in Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini, 1957)


15. Charles Chaplin in City Lights (Charles Chaplin, 1931)


14. Maggie Cheung in In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)


13. Alain Delon in Le Samourai (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967)


12. Humphrey Bogart in In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950)


11. Jean-Pierre Léaud in The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut, 1959)


10.Juliette Binoche in Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993)  
 

9. Burt Lancaster in The Leopard (Luchino Visconti, 1963)


8. Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)


7. Takashi Shimura in Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)


6. Peter Lorre in M (Fritz Lang, 1931)


5. Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)


4. Tony Leung in Happy Together (Wong Kar-Wai, 1997)


3. Cecilia Roth in All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar, 1999)


2. Madhabi Mukherjee in Charulata (Satyajit Ray, 1964)


1. Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Thedor Dreyer, 1928)
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #107 on: December 18, 2010, 12:21:18 PM »
Loving your list, worm!  Now I feel like I should make room for Sharmila Tagore on my list too. 

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #108 on: December 18, 2010, 02:38:50 PM »
100. Gong Li in Miami Vice (Michael Mann, 2006)
What other performances of hers have you seen? Do you really think this is her best? Really truly?

99. Emma Thompson in The Remains of the Day (James Ivory, 1993)
Hmm, I always thought the film belonged to Hopkins.

98. Alec Guiness in The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957)
Too low!

96. Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, 1998)
Oops, I really should have considered this performance. I had Bridges work in Fearless on my shortlist, but he's probably even better as The Dude, I have to admit.

92. Elliot Gould in The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973)
90. Issei Ogata in Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000)
Nice.

87. Jeremy Renier in The Infant (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2005)
That translation of the title sounds so ... wrong.

84. Jeff Goldblum in The Fly (David Cronenberg, 1986)
81. Nastassja Kinski in Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984)
Nice!


75. Jane Wyman in All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955)
Maybe it's just the screenshot, but I'm excited to see Wyman here, even though I haven't yet seen the film.

72. Adrienne Shelly in Trust (Hal Hartley, 1990)
I should have given her more consideration, probably.

69. Joseph Cotten in The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
His performance here always seems slightly off, to me. I prefer him in Kane (and, obviously, Shadow of a Doubt).

67. John Cameron Mitchell in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell, 2001)
Yay!


61. Edward G Robinson in Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang, 1945)
Another screenshot that sells me on a performance I haven't yet seen.

59. Steve Buscemi in Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, 2001)
I don't remember this performance very fondly at all, but that's partly because I think the character derails the film.


56. Brigitte Mira in Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder,  1974)
I'm sold by the screenshot.


55. Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945)
That's a much better screenshot than the one I used.

68. Frances McDormand in Fargo (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1996)
54. William H. Macy in Fargo (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1996)
I'm really shocked to see that someone has Macy higher than McDormand.

47. Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)
Hmm, interesting.

46. Wu Nien-Jen in Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000)
45. Chishu Ryu in Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
26. Harry Dean Stanton in Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984)
15. Charles Chaplin in City Lights (Charles Chaplin, 1931)
Yay!

Great job, worm!

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #109 on: December 18, 2010, 02:42:06 PM »
Oh, and I find Lancaster in The Leopard a really odd choice ... just because I remember being really distracted by the dubbing. Or something.

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